The National Picnic Story



You just stumbled across my love for MAKING clothes.
I'm National Picnic's Designer/Owner Betsy Cook, and I began sewing National Picnic clothing in 2011 for friends and neighbors. I hand-delivered the tops and dresses myself, wrapped in brown paper packages tied up with strings.

WorkshopTo this day, I still have a hand in the design and production of the garments, and when needed, the workload is shared with other vendors local to the Philadelphia region. When designing each collection, I seek sustainable attributes such as organic fabrics, textiles that are milled domestically, and industry surplus. Even National Picnic's most popular styles are still produced in small batches.

Pictured: When in Philadelphia, find me sewing and selling locally to the public at 323 Arch Street Fashion Collective, a workshop/boutique space I share with other designers (323arch.com). It's right next to the landmark bust of Ben Franklin. The shop has different items than you may find on this website, so please don't be timid about emailing me for appointments or asking about desired items before you show up.

I get my creative satisfaction by personally sewing "few-of-a-kinds", those oh-so-tiny micro-runs of hyper-limited edition styles, some of which only exist in single-digit quantities. This site allows me to showcase those most creative gems. They go fast, so dig in and see what you can discover.

Thanks for browsing National Picnic. I hope to dress you soon!